Your Guide to New Years Resolutions (and keeping them!)
Posted by Tintin Sealey
If you are anything like me, New Years is a time for fresh starts! 2019 is the year you will actually start going to the gym, you will actually cut sugar, this year you will actually set daily goals, and follow through with them. But the sad truth, if you're even more like me, New Years is the time where your resolutions slowly fizzle out within the first few weeks of the year. But worry no more! We're here to give you some sure-fire ways to kick-start your news resolutions (and keep them!)
Pick One Main Goal
It can be so easy to get ahead of yourself and pick a hundred and one things you want to achieve in the new year. But how realistic is that? If you want to change your life or improve your general lifestyle, don't try and change every aspect of it all at once, pick one area, and build yourself up from there! Making smaller, more achievable goals means you are more likely to follow through with them. If your main goal is to live an overall healthier lifestyle, start with making positive changes to your diet. This doesn't mean changing it all at once, but instead, it could be something as simple as including a serve of fruit or vegetables with every meal,
Write it down
This sounds like an obvious one, but arguably, it's one of the most important steps. Physically writing out your goals in detail is strongly associated with goal success. Individuals who describe or picture their goals with vivid details are anywhere from 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to be successful in achieving their long-term (and short-term) goals!Why not treat yourself to a jazzy new diary so that you can track your goals and progress?
Learn From Your Mistakes
Nobody is perfect, so if you do happen to ‘mess up’ while your working towards your goals, use the experience to learn and grow even more! Try to make yourself aware of why you made that mistake, or what caused you to fall slightly off track. Once you’re back on track, you’ll just be moving forward, even stronger than before!
Small rewards when you reach benchmarks in your long-term goals can be the best encouragement! Getting through the first couple of weeks can be the most difficult time, so why not treat yourself to a neck and shoulder massage, Sunday brunch, or maybe a bowl of indulgent (but still healthy!) Cocofrio ice-cream? These goals can be weekly, fortnightly, monthly, whatever works for you, and whatever helps YOU achieve your goals. Whatever you choose to reward yourself with, remind yourself that you deserve it.